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Fees and charges

​The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for applying fees and charges to industry and the public.

Fees and charges are applied for services provided by the department, including:

Charges are also administered by the department, for distribution to agencies with responsibilities across agricultural sectors, including:

  • managing research
  • market and industry development
  • plant and animal health programs across agricultural sectors.

Import and export services

Cost recovery fees and charges are applied to the department’s import and export services, including inspection and certification of goods and premises.

You can find full details of these charges and how they are applied in the department’s charging guidelines.

How we set our cost recovery fees and levies

Cost recovery fees and charges applied by the department are periodically reviewed.

A key part of this process is the development of a Cost recovery implementation statement (CRIS).​

Each CRIS document provides information on:

  • the legislative basis for cost recovery
  • the design of fees and charges
  • how fees and charges are applied
  • ongoing reporting on the fees and charges.

The current CRIS documents are available to view at the following links:

Agriculture industry levies

The department administers primary industry levies that are applied across a range of agricultural commodities.

These levies are designed to collectively respond to a problem or opportunity through funding and resource sharing across a particular industry.

Freedom of information

The department provides access to documents under the FOI Act.

Requests for information under the FOI Act may attract charges for the time required to process the request and provide the documents.

Guidance on the FOI process and any applicable charges is available on our website.

Other fees and charges

Other services provided by the department may also attract fees. You will be informed of any fees or charges when you make your request.

If you have any questions about the fees and levies charged by the department, you can call 1800 900 090 or email Cost Recovery.

Remittances

The department maintains a Cost Recovery Reserve (CRR) for each arrangement to manage unanticipated changes in activity that cannot immediately be managed through expenditure alone. Departmental policy seeks to maintain a CRR balance of between 0-5% of annual program expenditure.

Over recoveries may be managed through reduction in fees and charges known as remissions.  When a remission is agreed, the legislated fees and levies do not change, a remission is applied to reduce the amount payable.

All remissions are temporary and are closely monitored to ensure ongoing affordability. Remissions may need to be adjusted if trade volumes and/or costs change unexpectedly.

Meat Export arrangement

Charge Type Unit of ChargeType of ChargeLegislated RateRemission RateResultant Charge
Establishment levies
Establishment  - AbattoirMonthlyLevy$840$160$680
Establishment - CasingsMonthlyLevy$840$160$680
Establishment - Independent Boning RoomsMonthlyLevy$1,250$260$990
Throughput levies
Tier 1 – Throughput – Full UnitAnimalLevy$0.70$0.35$0.35
Tier 1 Throughput – Sheep/Goat/LambAnimalLevy$0.18$0.09$0.09
Tier 1 Throughput – CalfAnimalLevy$0.07$0.03$0.04
Tier 1 Throughput – Kangaroo/Wild BoarAnimalLevy$0.05$0.02$0.03
Documentation charges
Electronic CertificateDocumentLevy$46.00$4.00$45.00
Fee$3.00
Inspection fees
FSMA – Qtr Hr PlannedQuarter HourFee$30.00$5.00$25.00
OPV - Qtr Hr PlannedQuarter HourFee$39.00$7.00$32.00

Dairy Export arrangement

Charge Type Unit of ChargeType of ChargeLegislated RateRemission RateResultant Charge
Establishment levies
Establishment- Corporation/ Co-operative exporting ≥ 2000tns AnnualLevy$7,729$878$6,851
Establishment- Corporation/ Co-operative exporting < 2000tns AnnualLevy$4,275$485$3,790
Establishment- Storage establishment - Dairy AnnualLevy$1,820$206$1,614
Documentation charges
Electronic DocumentDocumentLevy$15.00$4.00$17.00
Fee$6.00

Fish and Eggs arrangement

Charge Type Unit of ChargeType of ChargeLegislated RateRemission RateResultant Charge
Establishment levies
Establishment-Egg exports AnnualLevy$1,835$351$1,484
Establishment-Storage of fish for exportAnnualLevy$1,835$351$1,484
Establishment-Vessels registered for preparation of fish (not direct export)AnnualLevy$1,223$234$989
Establishment-Vessels registered for direct export of fishAnnualLevy$2,446$468$1,978
Establishment-Land establishment registered for export of live fishAnnualLevy$1,223$234$989
Establishment-Land establishment registered for preparation of fish for exportAnnualLevy$2,446$468$1,978
Documentation charges
Electronic DocumentDocumentLevy$27.00$6.00$27.00
Fee$6.00

Non-Prescribed Goods

Charge Type Unit of ChargeType of ChargeLegislated RateRemission RateResultant Charge
Documentation charges
General Export Certificate – Electronic DocumentLevy$40.00$10.00$36.00
Fee$15.00$9.00
Certificate Issued Under Arrangement – Electronic DocumentLevy$97.00$30.00$73.00
Fee$15.00$9.00
General Export Certificate – Manual DocumentLevy$40.00$10.00$47.00
Fee$36.00$19.00
Export Certificate Issued Under Arrangement - Manual DocumentLevy$97.00$30.00$84.00
Fee$36.00$19.00

Live Animal Export

Charge TypeUnit of ChargeType of ChargeLegislated RateRemission RateResultant Charge
Throughput levies
Throughput - Full Unit (Cattle/Buffalo/Camelids) AnimalLevy$1.21$0.01$1.20
Throughput – Full Unit (Sheep/Goat) AnimalLevy$0.31$0.01$0.30
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